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Old 12-13-2017, 06:22 PM   #1
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Heat Pump kicking on & Off and excessive propane consumption.

I have some renters staying in my 2015 FR3 for a few weeks and a few heating issues have arisen.

1) We've skirted and insulated windows
2) We have 2 40 pound external tanks that hold almost 10 gallons of propane each
3) each propane tank lasts about 3 days only
4) The thermostat is on Auto and set to 69
5) the heater flips on and off constantly... sometimes every 2 seconds.

Not sure how to handle this, but this is going to get expensive if we cant figure this out. Anyone know what might be going on?
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:33 PM   #2
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What is the outside temps?
25 gallons a week of gas with outside temps below 35 is pretty common. RVs are horribly insulated so extreme heat or cold can get really expensive.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:34 PM   #3
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What is the outside temps?
25 gallons a week of gas with outside temps below 35 is pretty common. RVs are horribly insulated so extreme heat or cold can get really expensive.
It gets about 30 on average
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:35 PM   #4
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What is the outside temps?
25 gallons a week of gas with outside temps below 35 is pretty common. RVs are horribly insulated so extreme heat or cold can get really expensive.
I'm really concerned about the kicking on/off multiple times in 1 minute.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:59 PM   #5
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Turn off the heat pump. Heat pumps do not work below about 35 degrees, so your working against yourself trying to use it. Switch to gas heat only and pay the price. It is what it is. You might consider getting a large tank placed for the time you have renters/guests and arrange to have it filled weekly. We spend winter in the Columbia river gorge a few years ago. 25 gallons a week of gas was the norm.
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:15 PM   #6
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Damn... guess I gotta bite the bullet. Thanks for the reply
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Old 12-14-2017, 02:15 PM   #7
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I used 30lb tank in less than two days when it got 0-10 below. The heater ran constantly and it never got above 65 in my 5vr. I decided to rent an apt while my house was being finished rather than deal with the 5th wheel.
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Old 12-14-2017, 02:26 PM   #8
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Any chance you could supplement with an electric space heater?
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Turn off the heat pump. Heat pumps do not work below about 35 degrees, so your working against yourself trying to use it. Switch to gas heat only and pay the price. It is what it is. You might consider getting a large tank placed for the time you have renters/guests and arrange to have it filled weekly. We spend winter in the Columbia river gorge a few years ago. 25 gallons a week of gas was the norm.
X2 on the heat pump. Once the ambient temp drops below 40 degrees it loses it's efficiency real fast.
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@ "gomatthew": Just to clarify something, your headline for your post stated that "Heat pump kicking on and off", then later there is discussion as to propane use. There are also conversations as to your heat pump.It appears that the conversations on here are more related to your furnace kicking on and off, not a heat pump. What I know to be "heat pump(s)" in an RV are just electric heating strips added to an RV's A/C unit. So, just to clarify--are you referring to your furnace kicking on and off, or is your A/C unit equipped with heat pump kicking on and off? Thanks
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